PA: Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association discloses breach involving protected health information

From Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association, this breach notification:

Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association (“EHOA”) is posting the following statement to inform our patients of a recent event that could potentially affect the security of certain information. EHOA takes this incident very seriously and we regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause.

What Happened? On March 23, 2020, EHOA became aware of unusual activity related to an employee email account. EHOA immediately took steps to prevent potential unauthorized access by changing passwords and beginning an investigation with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists. Through this investigation, EHOA determined that a single employee email account was accessed without authorization between February 25, 2020 and March 25, 2020. While the investigation did not determine that specific information within the account was actually viewed by an unauthorized party, EHOA engaged in a comprehensive review of the email account to identify any personal and health information that could have been accessible in the account during this time. Through this process, EHOA determined that personal and health information was present in the email account at the time of the incident. To date, EHOA is unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of this information as a result of this incident.

What Information Was Involved? The investigation determined that at the time of the incident the email account contained patient data, the majority of which was limited to first and last names contained on an internal report for purposes of reporting to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS). Certain individuals may have had other additional health information contained in the email account including, date of birth, financial information, health insurance information, Social Security number, medical information, and treatment information.

Read their full notification here. The incident was reported to HHS as impacting 34,113 patients.

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